Classic Rock News


David Bowie is re-issuing his March 2013 release The Next Day with four new tracks. The Next Day Extra will feature, “the original 14-track CD, a 10-track CD of bonus tracks and a DVD of the four promotional films made for the album.” The 10-track bonus CD will include four previously unreleased songs, as well as two new mixes and “Bless The Girl,” which was only on the Japanese issue of The Next Day. The re-issue is due out November 5th.


Fleetwood Mac reunited for a series of shows at the O2 Arena in London last week, but that doesn’t mean the band will be putting out new music any time soon. In fact, Lindsey Buckingham told M Music Musicians that an album won’t happen unless Stevie Nicks wants it. “She hasn't said this – this is just me – but, knowing Stevie, she's probably thinking, 'If I have to write five new songs, do I want to give them to Fleetwood Mac?' I think she's feeling a bit protective and territorial about the experience she had doing her solo project. And I can totally relate to that,” he said. “Stevie needs to come to the table with some material. In order to contemplate a new album, she has to want to do it."


Fifty years after sending a message to Paul McCartney, two Beatles fans in England have finally received a reply. According to the BBC, Barbara Bezant and Lyn Phillips recorded a message to Paul back in 1963 (when they were 17 and 19) and sent it to the Finsbury Park Astoria in London where the band was playing. "This dream is just to come round the back and see you, but I don't suppose that'll ever happen. But we can always live in hope, can't we?" they said. McCartney never got the tape, but years later a local historian named David McDermott bought it at a flea market and after listening to it, decided to see if the two women were still alive. Well, they were, and the BBC program The One Show recently brought them together for The Beatles Story exhibition in London; the first time they saw each other in 40 years. Once there, they finally received their message from Paul. "Hi Linda and Barbara, thanks very much for your lovely tape. It finally got through, better late than never," read the letter from the Beatle. "Great to hear that you found each other after all these years. Keep enjoying the music, love Paul."


Lorne Black, a founding member of the rock band Great White, died Friday. A cause of death has not been revealed. Black, the band’s bassist, joined singer Jack Russell guitarist Mark Kendall and drummer Gary Holland in 1982 when the band was known as Dante Fox. They soon changed it to Great White. Black left the band in 1987 after appearing on three of their studio albums; their self-titled debut, 1986’s Shot in the Dark and 1987’s Once Bitten. “It is with great sadness that we have been informed of the passing of Lorne Black yesterday (September 27th),” read a statement from Russell. “Our hearts go out to his family, friends and fans. Lorne was a huge part of the first incarnation of Great White! May he rest in peace."


When Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne hit a rough patch last year after Ozzy fell off the wagon, it wasn’t necessarily love that brought them back together. The couple separated in July, 2012 around the time of their 30th anniversary, and in her autobiography Unbreakable, Sharon reveals it was the thought of losing his money that forced Ozzy to get in line. “Something snapped. I thought ‘I can’t carry this sh*t any more. It’s what I have always done – and I’m tired. I said ‘I want a divorce.’ …I said, ‘I am serious. I want half of everything; that is my right. I also want £100,000 a month,” she writes. “I knew money was Ozzy’s Achilles heel, and the thought of losing it might have more impact than the thought of losing me. ‘No f**king way. Over my dead body,’ he said.” The pair eventually reconciled, but not before Ozzy admitted in April he’d been drinking and taking drugs for approximately 18 months. He celebrated 80 days sober in May. “He’s gone from hating himself, from a place of despair to being a responsible husband and father again” said Sharon. “It’s amazing to see – I’m very proud of him.”


Pearl Jam released yet another video yesterday promoting their upcoming release Lightning Bolt, which hits stores October 15th. In the new clip, dubbed “Hatchet” frontman Eddie Vedder is shown throwing just that, a hatchet, while the new track “Let The Records Play” is heard in the background. Pearl Jam fans will also want to tune into IFC’s Portlandia marathon on Saturday, October 5th. Throughout the marathon, which starts at 2:30 pm, IFC will air clips of Portlandia star Carrie Brownstein’s interview with the Seattle rockers. Portions of the interview were featured in the band’s recent Lightning Bolt short film [Note Content]. This isn’t Pearl Jam’s first association with Portlandia. Vedder appeared on the show last year. In addition, Brownstein’s band Sleater-Kinney has opened for the band on tour.